How can we leverage our holistic, mind-body system to consciously create greater connection in dancing? Mindfulness concepts can serve as a map to guide ourselves into connection with presence and its many gifts. Presence is the seed and intersection of the juiciest aspects of dance: authenticity, creativity, communication, flow, joy, intimacy, unconditional love, deep connection, and so much more. We will explore training and strengthening some of our physical and non-physical capacities to empower us to unlock the magic that awaits our co-creation with another human in each dance.
Instructors: Krista & Patrick
The Spirit of Matching
12 PM - 1 PM
How do you dance with someone else when you don’t understand the style they are doing? We will work on training our proprioception through the guise of several main concepts in the worlds of partner dancing. Come develop your “dance detective” sensibilities, useful for every style, anywhere, on every social floor.
Kizomba Meets Pranayama
1 PM - 2 PM
This workshop will explore using controlled breathing in your dance to ground deeper into yourself, connect with your partner, express to slow music and using the expansion and contraction of the ribcage and abdomen to initiate subtle level changes and upper body movement. The workshop will use the Kizomba foundation while the principles shared will be applicable to other slow dances.
Swing Principles for Fusion
2 PM - 3 PM
This workshop will provide options for creating an organic and dynamic partner-dance-experience by exploring primary Swing elements of compression, stretch, and matching.
"Contemporary" Fusion: Stretch
4 PM - 5 PM
Contemporary Fusion fuses contemporary dance techniques with social dance partnering techniques. We will cover some of the basic assumptions of this form, but our focus will be to build grounding and fluidity through expanded shapes with your partner. Shapes that are reaching countering, molding, bending and folding.
Fusing Traditional & Sensual Bachata
5 PM - 6 PM
In this workshop we’ll go over different ways to connect with your partner and the music through sensual and traditional style movements.
Power of Zouk
6 PM - 7 PM
It's not a stretch to say that Brazilian zouk is one of the most powerful base dances for fusion, with its emphasis on musicality and flowing connection. This workshop will reflect on a few of the aspects of the dance that make this power possible.
Fusion Syllabus Rollout
12 PM - 3 PM
This intensive will present a theory for how fusion dancing could be taught and learned in a syllabized method without relying on prior partner dance knowledge.
"Groove" Fusion: Hip Hop Sounds
4 PM - 5 PM
Groove Fusion is the category of dances with pulse. Pulse: the repeated bodily motion that represents the rhythmic base beat of a song. This class will explore influences of hip hop beats in our fusion music and how we can integrate our movement to match them. Prepare to sweat.
Creating Shapes and Lines: Ballroom Tech in Partner Dancing
5 PM - 6 PM
This workshop uses ballroom techniques such as creating lines, moving around a common center, and shaping to improve your fluidity and grace on the dance floor.
Acrobatic Balance & Movement
6 PM - 7 PM
Partner acrobatics teaches us how to share balance and communicate weight transfer. In this class we will explore acrobatics and its relation to dance.